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Tamrac Anvil Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

based on 148 reviews

We have checked tens of reviews and found 16 reasons to buy the Anvil - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.

91% of the reviewers give the Tamrac Anvil a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (80%)
Good (11%)
Average (6%)
Poor (1%)
Bad (0%)


Reviews Summary

Here's what the reviewers think about the Tamrac Anvil:

Reviewers like these things about the Tamrac Anvil

  • Some users find the front butterfly accessory pocket ideal for storing small items.
  • Many users thought the main compartment is specially designed to carry multiple pro-sized DSLR bodies with lenses attached along with a full range of lenses, flashes and accessories.
  • Others like how it carries a tripod with quick release straps.
  • Some photographers love how the airflow harness and removable Arc and molle compatible belt system makes any amount of gear easy to carry.
  • A number of reviewers find the bag incredibly well designed and meticulously crafted.
  • One user said that the Tamrac Anvil achieved an incredible balance between lightness and durability.
  • Some owners said that the dividers and elastic velcro straps are positioned creatively.
  • One user said that he greatly admire the bag's ability to stand lenses up between the dividers.
  • Others find the waist belt seriously made and quite comfortable.
  • One owner thought that the bag is the perfect combination of fantastic features.
  • Others find the corded zipper pulls a thoughtful touch.
  • Many reviewers love how the straps comfortably distribute weight across the shoulders.
  • Others are impressed with how the large bottom pocket doubles as a foothold for the tripod, giving abundant space to anchor the tripod's feet.
  • Some users find it very comfortable and highly adjustable to accommodate any body frame.
  • A lot of reviewers love the ability to customize the interior dividers to accommodate any size lens or other gear.
  • Many users find the straps large and well padded, and enables one to carry a lot of weight very comfortably.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • Some users find the straps rigid and edges not that comfortable.
  • Others thought the laptop packet is a bit small.


Crowdsourced specs across all Tamrac Anvil models and sizes:

Weight iconWeight0.7-4.2 oz (0.3-1.9 kg)
Length iconLength10-48 in (25-122 cm)
Width8-11 in (20-28 cm)
Height4-22 in (10-56 cm)
Laptop iconLaptop SizeMax. 15 inches

Popular Models

Tamrac Anvil 27

86% choose the Tamrac Anvil 27

86 %
Colors and combinations:


Weight iconWeight4.2 oz (1.9 kg)
Length iconLength12 in (30 cm)
Width10 in (25 cm)
Height21 in (53 cm)
Laptop iconLaptop SizeMax. 15 inches

Tamrac Anvil 17

14% choose the Tamrac Anvil 17

14 %

Weight iconWeight4.2 oz (1.9 kg)
Length iconLength12 in (30 cm)
Width10 in (25 cm)
Height17 in (43 cm)
Laptop iconLaptop SizeMax. 15 inches

Tamrac Anvil 27 vs Anvil 17

The two most popular Tamrac Anvil models are the Anvil 27 and the Anvil 17, so let's compare them:

Popularity and Prices

In total, 100% of the people interested in the Tamrac Anvil bags choose one of these two models. The most popular choice is the Anvil 27 which is choosen by 86% (6.1 times as many as the 14% that choose the Anvil 17).

Anvil 27Anvil 17
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Weight and dimensions

The weight of both bags is the same. Both bags weight 4.2 oz.

If we look at dimensions, both the Anvil 27 and the Anvil 17 has the same length (12 in). Both bags are the same width (10 in), while the height is the same (both 21 in).

Feature Summary

Many sources mention these Tamrac Anvil features:
  • Harness system

Actual features depends on the model, so check the features before you buy.


vs Tamrac Bags

The Tamrac Anvil ranks #3 compared with the other Tamrac bags.

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3Tamrac Anvil
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The Tamrac Anvil ranks #1193 compared with all the bags we have checked.

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Selected Reviews

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Shutter Muse

If your choice comes down to price, you’ll be happy with the Tamrac Anvil Super 25 because it’s well made bag, and extremely comfortable when fully loaded and making use of the hip-belt.

Posted 19 January 2017 by Dan Carr - Read full review


Very handy for water bottle holders, binoculars cases, knives and the like. You can use Tamrac’s MAS and SAS accessories too. The top has a strong, padded haul handle. And there are compression straps strategically located to keep everything snug.

Posted 14 August 2015 by Jon Sienkiewicz - Read full review


Overall, both the Tamrac Anvil 23 and Anvil Slim 15 represent good value for money, with high-quality materials used throughout and lots of versatile storage options for the pro on the move.

Posted 14 July 2015 by ePHOTOzine - Read full review

The Brotographer

Whether you are in the market for a mirrorless camera back, or are a DSLR shooter looking for a backpack with a small profile, I really think that the Anvil 11 Slim could be a nice option for you.

Posted by Ross - Read full review

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Last updated on July 03, 2019